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February 2012       Vol. 41, No. 2       Page  80
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In Memoriam

Jerry D. Lockwood
June 11, 1951–October 1, 2011

Robert B. Murray
April 3, 1927–December 4, 2011


Jerry D. Lockwood

Jerry D. Lockwood passed away on October 1, 2011, at his home on Sugarloaf Mountain, west of Boulder.

Jerry was born to J.D. Lockwood and Joyce Medlock Lockwood at the Anadarko, Oklahoma Indian Hospital on June 11, 1951. Jerry graduated from Hobart High School in 1969 and went on to study at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he graduated in 1974 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Shortly after graduation, he married Martha on May 25, 1974.

Jerry pursued post-graduate work in public administration at the University of Arkansas before studying law for a year at the University of Tulsa. Jerry was smart enough to recognize that he disliked conflict too much to become an attorney, so instead he did what he knew how to do best—resolve conflict.

He moved to Boulder in 1980, and served as the District Court Administrator of the 20th Judicial District for four years. In 1984, Jerry co-founded Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. (JAG) with former Chief District Judge, Richard W. Dana, and led the company as president until 2011. A novel idea at the time, JAG was (and still is) composed exclusively of former trial and appellate judges, all of whom were distinguished leaders and judges during service on the bench. Jerry ensured that each judge brought a commitment to JAG to resolve cases based on a depth of knowledge, an experience with litigants and the legal process, and a manner of cooperation rather than condescension or combativeness. An early proponent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Jerry’s work and influence have had a profound effect on the Colorado legal community as a whole, where ADR is now required before any civil action can proceed to trial.

Undoubtedly, many of the people reading The Colorado Lawyer have interacted with Jerry as the Court Administrator in Boulder, at JAG, on the Judicial Performance Committee, or during one of his several other causes. Please take a moment to remember Jerry and his unwavering goal of providing a welcoming and positive environment within which to move the legal process forward. His work has ameliorated the lives of countless judges, plaintiffs, defendants, attorneys, and insurance adjusters, which was his goal—to leave the world a better place than he found it.

Jerry also pursued his passion for the great Southwest by co-founding Two Ravens Pottery with Judge Dan Hale to promote Native American artists and preserve Native American culture of the American Southwest. Jerry is survived by his wife Martha, his daughter Jocelyn, his son Jared, his brother Jon, and his extended family at JAG.

—Submitted by Jared C. Lockwood


Joseph A. Vento

Joe Vento passed away in Pueblo on November 4, 2011. He was born in 1925 and had been a member of the Colorado Bar Association for more than fifty years. He attended the University of Colorado (CU) Law School, where he not only became an attorney but also met many of his lifetime friends and became a lifetime fan of CU. He was a founding member of the law firm of Kettelkamp, McGrath, and Vento in Pueblo.

Besides law, Joe also enjoyed politics and sports. He ran the Republican Party in Pueblo County for several years. Colorado Governor John Love and Senator Gordon Allott were among those who often came by the Vento residence after the family helped out on the campaign trail.

Joe was born in Florence, Colorado, and led the 1944 Florence Huskies tennis team to a state title, quite a feat considering there was only one division in the state at the time (high schools from small cities competed with high schools from big cities). His daughter Anne won three Colorado state tennis titles in high school.

Joe stayed mentally alert, retaining a keen legal mind, until the end.

—Submitted by Tony Vento

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